My Best Teachers Were Saints: What Every Educator Can Learn from the Heroes of the Church

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Loyola Press, 2009年4月30日 - 320 頁

Discipline problems, self-doubt, tense meetings, classroom stress . . . Couldn’t every teacher use some saintly help?

Every teacher can think of at least one mentor who has served as an inspiration over the years. However, many teachers—even those with a Catholic faith—might not have considered that saints can serve as mentors. Author and teacher Susan H. Swetnam believes that saints aren’t only good teachers—they’re the best teachers.

In My Best Teachers Were Saints, Swetnam focuses on fifty-two saints—many of them teachers—who faced challenges similar to those that nearly all educators face today, from indifferent students and recalcitrant colleagues to their own limitations and feelings of isolation. With the examples of saints such as Augustine, Ignatius of Loyola, and Scholastica, Swetnam eagerly shares how their words and deeds helped immensely in her own career as a teacher and how they can aid and inspire other educators as well.
Anyone involved in education—whether teaching religion or mathematics, kindergartners or graduate students—will discover within these pages a treasure trove of saintly help that is sure to prove that the best teachers are in fact saints!

 

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January
1
In Praise of Lowly Colleagues
7
Teachers as Foster Parents
13
Hard Work and Miracles
23
February
29
Wonder That Breaks into the Everyday
37
Extreme Students
43
The Role of Fearless Inquiry
53
The Necessity of Reflection
159
August
165
On Surprising Oneself
171
A Holy Insistence on High Quality
177
Conversion as Just the Beginning
183
The Greater Good
189
September
195
The Temptation to Despair
201

Grunt Work
59
April
71
Life with Ambiguity
83
From Contemplation to Action
89
Healthy Individualism
101
October
103
Humor at Work
107
The Fellowship of Suffering
113
June
119
Flawed Heroes
129
July
131
When Colleagues Disagree
135
The Endless Task of Making Peace
141
The Importance of Order
147
Teachers as TalentSpotters
153
The Right Discomfort
207
The Courage to Be a Shepherd
213
Unlikely Disciples
219
Ego and Fear
225
The Profligate
231
The Real vs the Ideal
237
The Case for Simple Devotion
243
An Inspirational Legacy
253
The Power of Joyful Optimism
259
The Lost Battle
265
Students Speaking Up
271
December
277
When the Plan Changes
289
The Importance of Meeting Fundamental Needs
295
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Susan H. Swetnam is a professor of English at Idaho State University. During her career at ISU, she has been named a Distinguished Teacher (1988), an Outstanding Researcher (1992), and a Distinguished Public Servant (1996). She is also a freelance essayist. Swetnam resides in Pocatello, Idaho.

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